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Women also lose bone mass and density because of the high acidity of the typical Western diet. This forces the body to use dietary minerals—and, in their absence, minerals in the bones—to balance the body's pH level, an equilibrium that's critical for survival.

Vinod Kumar Soni
(708) 448-0016
7530 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
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Rheumatology

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Charles Edward Geringer, MD
(708) 709-9300
12230 S Arbor Trl
Palos Heights, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: St James Hosp And Health Ctr, Chicago Hts, Il; Christ Hosp And Med Ctr, Oak Lawn, Il; St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il; Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il
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Nadera Sweiss, MD
(773) 702-6119
10411 Mansfield Ave Apt I
Oak Lawn, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1990

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Phyllis Nancy Bonaminio
(708) 423-8440
5540 W 111th St
Oak Lawn, IL
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Jeanine Connolly
(708) 388-5500
2320 High St
Blue Island, IL
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Rheumatology

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Vinod Kumar Soni, MD
(708) 448-0016
7530 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: All India Inst Of Med Sci, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1974
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Hospital: Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il

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Mihaela Mihailescu
(708) 684-8000
4440 W 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL
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Rheumatology

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4440 W 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Mir Mutahir Ali, MD
1300 Maple Avenue
Blue Island, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 2000

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(708) 422-7544
2850 W 95th St
Evergreen Park, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1989

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Building Strong Bones

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By James Keough

Theoretically, women should get all the nutrients they need to build and maintain strong bones from their diet, but for myriad reasons, not many do. A spate of new research suggests that most premenopausal women need supplements to ward off osteoporosis later in life. A study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing found that the gradual reduction of estrogen levels that precedes menopause can impair vitamin K’s role in binding calcium to bone. The authors say the current recommended daily intake (RDI) of 1 mg/kg/d—the amount deemed necessary to ensure proper blood clotting—may not be enough for perimenopausal women, but establishing an optimum RDI awaits further research.

Women also lose bone mass and density because of the high acidity of the typical Western diet. This forces the body to use dietary minerals—and, in their absence, minerals in the bones—to balance the body’s pH level, an equilibrium that’s critical for survival. While dietary changes can reverse this acidosis, new research from Switzerland shows that taking a daily supplement of potassium citrate can improve the bones in postmenopausal women with low bone mass. The women who received the supplement had a significant increase in bone mass density in their lumbar spine and hips compared with women who received potassium chloride supplements. The difference indicates that the alkaline nature of the potassium citrate supplement improves bone health independent of the bone-building effects of potassium alone.

Chronic inflammation, another by-product of our Western diet, weakens bones by forcing the body’s osteoclasts, the cells that degrade and reabsorb bone, into overdrive. This accelerates the loss of minerals the body socked away during its youth. In a study on mice, researchers at the University of Texas in San Antonio found that supplementing with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) put the brakes on the osteoclasts and slowed down the loss of bone (and muscle) mass. CLA, a compound formed from plant fatty acids, occurs naturally in dairy products and meat.

Dietary changes can prove difficult to make—just ask anyone trying to lose weight—but women who are concerned about osteoporosis can take a simple step toward bone health: Stop drinking colas. It doesn’t seem to matter if the sodas are diet, regular, or decaffeinated, says a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women 60 or older who drink cola had lower bone mass than those who didn’t, and the loss became greater with each additional can. Still need that carbonated pick-me-up? Noncola soft drinks appear to be bone-friendly.

Author: James Keough

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